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Delaware Corrections Officer Job Description

The Delaware Department of Correction is not only the largest agency within the Delaware’s executive branch, but it is also the largest law enforcement agency within the state, employing more than 2,500 professionals. The Department provides supervision for about 7,000 inmates every year within its correctional facilities and is responsible for 18 offices and facilities statewide.


Delaware – DE Correctional Officer Jobs: Minimum Eligibility Requirements

Candidates who want to secure correctional officer jobs in Delaware must:

  • Be at least 19 ½ years old
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Possess a valid driver’s license

Further, all candidates for corrections officer jobs must undergo pre-employment drug testing and a criminal background check.

Candidates must also take a written examination as part of the pre-employment process, which includes multiple-choice questions in areas related to visual memory, writing ability, associative memory, and reading comprehension. Candidates are ranked according to test score and placed on an eligibility list to be used by the Department during open recruitment periods.

Correctional Officer Training

Individuals must successfully complete a 9-week Correctional Officer Basic Course. The course, which is administered by the DOC, includes both classroom and hands-on training.

The program includes study in the following areas:

  • Defensive tactics
  • Riot control
  • Report writing
  • Riot control
  • Emergency medical training
  • Inmate supervision

About the Delaware Department of Correction

The Department of Correction, under its unified correctional system, oversees all correctional facilities and institutions in the state and is broken down into the following:

  • Bureau of Community Corrections
  • Bureau of Correctional Healthcare Services
  • Bureau of Management Services
  • Bureau of Prisons
  • Office of the Commissioner

The Department provides supervision for offenders in the state by organizing services into a five-level system:

  • Level 1: Administrative Supervision
  • Level 2: Standard Probation
  • Level 3: Intensive Probation Supervision
  • Level 4: Work Release Centers, Home Confinement, Residential Drug Treatment, and Violation of Probation Centers
  • Level 5: 24-Hour Incarceration (Jail/Prison)

Correctional officers provide Level 5 supervision within the following institutions:

  • James T. Vaughn Correctional Center – Operating capacity: 2,601
  • Sussex Correctional Institution – Operating capacity: 1,149
  • Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution – Operating capacity: 320
  • Howard R. Young Correctional Institution – Operating capacity: 1,180

The Department of Correction had a full-time staff of 2,550 in FY2012; 2,538 in FY2011; 2,559 in FY2010; 2,608 in FY2009; and 2,662 in FY2008.

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